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Living in Light of Two Ages

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Monday
Feb202017

This Week at Christ Reformed Church (February 20-26)

Sunday Morning, February 26:  We return to our series on Colossians.  We will take up Paul's discussion of what it means to "put on a new self" (from Colossians 3:12-17).  Our worship service begins at 10:30 a.m.

Sunday Afternoon:  We will look at the Heidelberg Catechism's discussion of why our good works cannot justify (Lord's Day 24, Q & A 62-64).  Our catechism service begins @ 1:15 p.m.

Wednesday Night Bible Study, February 22 (7:30 p.m.):  We continue our series on personal evangelism entitled, "Telling the Truth in Love."  We will discuss the biblical categories necessary to engage in pre-evangelism.

Academy, Friday February 24 (7:30 p.m.):  We will be viewing and discussing Allen Guelzo's Teaching Company Course, The American MindOur text for this series will be Hollinger and Capper, The American Intellectual Tradition.  Be sure to get a used copy!  They are much cheaper!

For more information on Christ Reformed Church you can always find us here (Christ Reformed Info), or on Facebook (Christ Reformed on Facebook).

Sunday
Feb192017

"A Noble Task" -- I Timothy 3:1-13; Belgic Confession, Article 30

Here's the audio from this morning's ordination and installation sermon: 

Sunday
Feb192017

This Week's White Horse Inn (Updated Website)

Discipleship and Discipline

While many churches in our day emphasize convenience and comfortability, one of the key ingredients to a life of lasting discipleship is actually discipline. In other words, like marriage or excelling in a particular career path, being a Christian is not always fun, but often involves hard work, faithfulness, and perseverance. We also need faithful shepherds to come alongside us, to feed and care for us, as we make our way through Vanity Fair on our way to the Celestial City. That’s the focus of this edition of the program as the hosts wrap up their series, Finding Yourself in God’s Story.

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Thursday
Feb162017

B. B. Warfield's First Pastoral Call

Amy Mantravadi has written an important essay on B. B. Warfield's first pastoral call in Dayton, Ohio.  I encourage you to take a look:  B. B. Warfield in Dayton

She writes,

The fallout from this event was exactly what you might expect. The presbytery “passed resolutions reflecting on the congregation for ill-usage of their pastor” and required that this be read from the pulpit. We are then told that, “The Church session entered a strong protest in its minutes.” Anyone who has ever been forced to suffer through a tense church committee meeting can now sympathize with what was taking place.

Into this tense situation stepped the young B.B. Warfield. By the time he arrived in Dayton, the congregation had been without a permanent minister for almost two years. Due to the dispute with the local presbytery, they were likely viewed as somewhat toxic. How exactly Warfield was chosen to serve as their supply pastor, I cannot say, but he was no doubt viewed by some not as a lion, but rather as a lamb prepared for the slaughter. Completely lacking in pastoral experience, the odds against his success were long indeed.

Thursday
Feb162017

Academy Cancelled on Account of Rain!

We are cancelling this week's Academy Lecture (Friday evening) due to rain--up to four inches is expected.  There will likely be street and local flooding--especially near the church.

The picture is of my front yard from the last 3 inch rain a couple of weeks ago.  We have had enough rain so far this season that the ground is throughly saturated and the rain water pools -- turning my front yard into a four-six inch deep lake.

Stay safe and dry!  Thankfully, our drought is over.

 

Wednesday
Feb152017

"Observe and Obey" -- Nehemiah 10:28-39

The Nineteenth in a Series of Sermons on Ezra-Nehemiah

When the people of God’s chosen nation gather together to pray and repent of their sins (as Israel does in Nehemiah 9), what happens next?  Their prayer, which amounts to recounting back to YHWH all of the gracious things he has done for his people, is also a stark reminder of Israel’s perpetual sin and hard-heartedness.  As the people confess their sins and repent of them, the fruit of this repentance is the desire of the people to renew their covenant with YHWH.  YHWH has been faithful to his covenant promises, while the people of Israel have not.  The tangible sign of the people’s confession of sin and their desire to repent can be seen in Nehemiah 10, as Nehemiah recounts the covenant renewal ceremony which took place in Jerusalem, shortly after the people had completed rebuilding the city’s walls and gates, setting the stage for the course of redemptive history to follow–what we commonly speak of as Second Temple Judaism.

The covenant renewal ceremony which unfolds in chapter 10 actually begins in Nehemiah 9:38, where we read, “because of all this we make a firm covenant in writing; on the sealed document are the names of our princes, our Levites, and our priests.”  The “this” to which Nehemiah refers is the prayer and confession of sin found in chapter 9:5b-37.  The law was read three times (including large sections of the Five Books of Moses with exposition and explanation so that the people are said to understand) and was followed by a celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles according to the mandate in Scripture (Ex. 34:22 and Lev. 23:42-43).  After the feast had ended, the assembled people of Israel remained in Jerusalem and were led by the Levites pray to YHWH, recounting his many mighty and miraculous acts in calling and preserving his people Israel (despite their sin).  Aware of their repeated disobedience, the people confess their sins (both personal and national).  The celebration of the feast, the reading of the law, and the confession of sin are clearly the fruit of God’s Spirit working through the word, bringing about a genuine reformation in Israel.  All of this leads the people to seek to renew their covenant (originally made with YHWH at Mount Sinai), which is recounted in verse 38 of chapter 9 and throughout chapter 10.

When Nehemiah speaks of a “firm covenant,” he uses a unique word (ʾămānâ – “agreement”).  But the verb kārat used here appears many times throughout the Old Testament in reference to “making” or “cutting” a covenant (bĕrît), with YHWH.  Nehemiah is using similar language to that in the previous chapter (9:7–8) when the prayer of the people recounted Abraham’s faithfulness to YHWH using the same Hebrew root ʾāmān in relation to God’s covenant with Abraham.  As Abraham believed God’s promise, so too, the post-exilic covenant community of Israel must be faithful to YHWH–manifest in what follows in the renewal of Sinai covenant.

Nehemiah indicates that are three different classes of signatories on the sealed document in the list of names which follows; princes (the civil authorities appointed or approved by Israel’s Persian suzerains), priests, and Levities, whose names appear in verses 2-13 of Nehemiah 10, and then a number of heads of households are mentioned in verses 14-27.

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Monday
Feb132017

This Is Just Plain Stupid!

The Baseball powers (MLB) are actually toying with a rule change designed to shorten games.  Beginning in the tenth inning, each team would be allowed to open the inning with a runner on second base--the idea is to make it easier to score and hence shorten the game.

This is just plain stupid!

Proposed Rule Change

 

Monday
Feb132017

This Week at Christ Reformed Church (February 13-19)

Sunday Morning, February 19:  You are invited to join us as we ordain and install new officers.  Our text is 1 Timothy 3:1-13.  Our worship service begins at 10:30 a.m.

Sunday Afternoon:  We will continue to look at the Heidelberg Catechism's discussion of Justification (Lord's Day 23, Q & A 59-61).  Our catechism service begins @ 1:15 p.m.

Wednesday Night Bible Study, February 15 (7:30 p.m.):  We continue our series on personal evangelism, entitled, "Telling the Truth in Love."  We will discuss the biblical presuppositions of evangelism.

Academy, Friday February 17 (7:30 p.m.):  We will be viewing and discussing Allen Guelzo's Teaching Company Course, The American MindOur text for this series will be Hollinger and Capper, The American Intellectual Tradition.  Be sure to get a used copy!  They are much cheaper!

For more information on Christ Reformed Church you can always find us here (Christ Reformed Info), or on Facebook (Christ Reformed on Facebook).

Sunday
Feb122017

"Set Your Mind on Things That Are Above" -- Colossians 3:1-11

Here's the audio from this morning's sermon on Colossians 3:1-11

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Sunday
Feb122017

This Week's White Horse Inn (Updated Website)

From Doxology to Discipleship

How does a life of discipleship flow out of doxology and worship? First we need to remind ourselves once again that worship is the natural response to encountering the God of Scripture. Once we have been captivated by his mercy and kindness to us in Christ, we not only offer him praise and adoration, but we also give him our very selves, for we are now no longer our own, but have been bought with a price (1Cor 6:19-20). On this program the hosts discuss what it means to become true and lasting disciples of Jesus Christ.

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